SNC-Lavalin sponsors, leads discussions in Canada-ASEAN business council and women’s forums

April 6, 2018 Asia-Pacific

people-asean-forum-external-thumbSNC-Lavalin was proud to be a gold sponsor for the 4th annual Canada-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Business Council (CABC)  Forum, held March 21-22 in Singapore under the theme, Accelerating the Partnership. Bringing together over 300 of the top decision-makers from the public and private sectors of Canada and Southeast Asia, this two-day event featured keynote addresses, focused industry breakout sessions, and tailored networking opportunities.

Rob Grant, Vice-President, Investment Development, Capital, Asia-Pacific and Senior Vice-President, Clean Power, Asia-Pacific, participated in a panel discussion on ASEAN markets transitioning to clean technologies while Chris Birdsong, CEO, Asia-Pacific, Engineering, Design and Project Management was a panelist for the Infrastructure session.

“As countries in the ASEAN region transition to the use of more clean energy, SNC-Lavalin is ideally placed to use our renewable energy engineering and investment knowledge, experience and global presence to support their needs,” said Grant. “As a regional leader in the delivery of large and complex renewable energy EPC projects, combined with our ability to invest and add value at any point in a clean energy project life cycle , we have a unique value proposition for the ASEAN energy market and clients.”  

From left to right: Jean Charest, Chair, CABC (and former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada), Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade of Canada, Rob Grant, and Wayne Farmer, President, CABC

The purpose of the CABC Forum is to:

  • advance Canada’s profile and strategic trade interests with ASEAN and her Member-States1
  • educate senior Canadian and ASEAN leaders about the outstanding opportunity of deeper economic integration between the regions; 
  • provide strategic information and intelligence for Canadian companies investing in or exploring ASEAN, and similarly, provide strategic information to ASEAN investors on the opportunities for investment in Canada; and
  • deliver authentic, senior-level networking opportunities for top decision-makers within the Canada-ASEAN economic corridor.

mcd-asean-forum-external-thumbThis year, we gladly accepted the invitation to extend our sponsorship to include the council’s first-ever Women’s Leadership Forum, designed to highlight prominent Canadian and ASEAN women in innovation and distruptive trends who influence the future of business and challenge the status quo. Marie-Claude Dumas, President, Clean Power shared her thoughts on the need for inclusive leadership in corporate culture and how we must lead from the top to drive forward our ambitions. Her presentation, aptly entitled, Diversity and Inclusion – The Larger Scope of Women’s Leadership was well-received by delegates. 

“You have more chances of finding the best talent if you look at the entire talent pool and not only half of it; it’s as simple as that,” said Dumas.“In today’s business world, the more diverse a company is, the more successful it is. We need to be effective and  inclusive leaders, who recognize and value people in their differences, as individuals.” 


  1 Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Brunei

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